Cindy A. Smith


Role: Faculty
Campus: West Plains

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Missouri State University
128 Garfield
West Plains, MO 65775



  • MRC, Arkansas State Univ-Jonesboro (2004)
  • BS, Arkansas State Univ-Jonesboro (2000)
  • AAS, Arkansas State Univ-Jonesboro (1982)


  • Clinical Expert Mosby Skills
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor
  • Licensed Associate Counselor
  • Emergency Medical Technician - Ambulance
  • Neonatal - Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist


  • Psychology 121
  • Sociology 150

Professional experience

Campus Service

  • Academic Concerns Committee
  • Portfolio Committee
  • Development Education Committee
  • Student Handbook Development Committee
  • Faculty Senate
  • Nursing Admissions Committee
  • Respiratory Care Recruitment & Retention
  • First-Year Experience (FYE)
  • Department Head - Physical Education
  • Student Advisor
  • Dean's Leadership Council
  • Phi Eta Sigma Advisor
  • Red Carpet Days

Professional Organizations

  • American Association for Respiratory Care
  • American Counseling Association
  • Arkansas Society for Respiratory Care
  • Health Occupations Educators
  • Lambda Beta
  • Missouri Society for Respiratory Care
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Psi Chi

Additional Professional Experience

  • Respiratory Care Program Director, Missouri State University-West Plains: Didactic and Laboratory Education for Respiratory Care students (2010 to 2018)
  • Mental Health Professional, Hope Behavioral Healthcare: Individual and Group Counseling (2008-2010)
  • Tobacco Control Coordinator: Education and Promotion Activities for Tobacco control in Fulton County, AR (2002-2004)
  • Respiratory Care Program Director, Black River Technical College, Pocahontas, AR: Didactic, Laboratory and Clinical Education of Respiratory Care Students (1987-2000)
  • Respiratory Care Evening Shift Supervisor, St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro, AR: Supervison of Staff Therapists, Quality Assurance for all Phases of Noncritical and Critical Respiratory Care (1985-1987)

Research and professional interests

Professional Interest

  • Smoke-Free Air Policies
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Social Intelligence


  • Dangers of Second-Hand Smoke (SHS) Presenter for Breathe Easy Coalition
  • Rotary
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • City Council

Other interests

Community Service

  • Relay for Life
  • Breathe Easy Coalition
  • Tar Wars
  • Food Banks
  • Kids College
  • Health Fairs

Favorite Quote

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Awards and honors

  • Tenured Faculty (2013)
  • Faculty Merit Award (2013)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Respiratory Care in Arkansas (2000)
  • Arkansas Society for Respiratory Care - Leadership (1993 - 1997)
  • Health Occupations Educators State Advisor (1992, 1994)
  • Outstanding New Vocational Health Educator (1993)